Track Review: Khalid, ‘Location’
Burgeoning teen R&B singer Khalid delivers a sensational single in “Location,” a relatable gem about young love.
Khalid is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in R&B. That’s amazing considering he’s still a kid – just 18 years of age. IT DOESN’T MATTER. Khalid has already proven he has pipes. “Location” serves as Khalid’s breakthrough single. In an age where only select R&B graces the Billboard Hot 100, “Location” has earned a spot, deservingly. The best attribute of the single is the voice, pure and simple. Currently, there is no one who sounds like the teen artist – he’s in his own lane. To possess such a special set of pipes to be so young is impressive in its own right.
Beyond the slick production work and the voice, “Location” is a well-rounded song. Love is the M.O. – to be expected in R&B. The hook finds Khalid expressing the desires of his heart:
“Send me your location, let’s / Focus on communicating, ‘cause / I just need the time and place to come through…/ Send me your location, let’s / Ride the vibrations / I don’t need nothing else but you.”
The verses add more depth to the narrative. On the first verse, Khalid questions his feelings.
“At times, I wonder why I fool with you / But this is new to me, this is new to you.”
Essentially, this is young love, and a new, unfamiliar experience for the teen, as well as his boo. Therefore, the questions, hormones, feelings, all run rampant. Teenage love, as well as love in general, can be characterized as a cluster…fill in the ellipsis.
Verse two continues the love saga, cleverly citing location:
“I don’t wanna fall in love off of subtweets so / Let’s get personal / I got a lot of cool spots that we can go…”
All in all, “Location” is an excellent, chill urban contemporary record. This is not a complexly written song, but it doesn’t need to be. “Location” is highly relatable and Khalid shows off a beautiful voice. Simply put, this kid is on his way to being a star.